ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Foods To Avoid To Get A Six-Pack Abs

Updated on April 10, 2016
Click thumbnail to view full-size

Aside from a chiseled chest, cannonball shoulders, and wide V-tapered back, getting a six-pack abdominals is one of the most desired by most men, as this makes them aesthetic-looking. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 54 percent of U.S. adults now have abdominal obesity. For men who are under this category, thy might want to avoid the following foods.

Refined grain is one food to avoid in order to get a six-pack abs, as per Fox News. Refined grain is a component of white rice, white bread, and regular white pasta while unrefined grains are found in whole wheat, brown rice, and quinoa. According to study conducted in Pennsylvania State University, people who had eaten whole grains in conjunction to a heathy diet had lost weight from the abdominal area as compared to those who had kept the healthy diet, but had eaten refined grains.

Potato products should not also be eaten if one wants to have a six-pack abs. According to a study published in New England Journal of Medicine, the participants who had eaten potatoes and potato chips gained an average of 3.35 pounds every four years and almost 17 pounds at the study completion.

Processed meat also hinders the appearance of the six-pack abs. A study, which published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, aimed to determine the relationship of eating red and processed meat and involved more than 370,000 people. The study findings revealed that those who ate meat similar to a small steak a day had gained about five pounds in five years.

Frosts, such as cupcakes, also contribute to having abdominal fat. According to Fox News, store-bought frosting still has trans fats, despite the notice given by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA). Researchers at Wake Forest University conducted a study involving monkeys eating two kinds of diet – trans fats and unsaturated fats – separately. Study findings revealed that monkeys that ate trans fats had an increase in their body weight by 7.2 percent in a six-year period. On the other hand, those who ate unsaturated fats only gained 1.8 percent. It was also noted that trans fats did not only add new fat, but also move fat from other areas of the body to the abdomen. Aside from cupcakes, trans fats can be found in baked goods, snack foods, and frozen pizzas.

While there are soda products with a zero-calorie label, diet sodas with sugar replacements are believed to be responsible for weight gain. According to Details, a study found out that the amount of abdominal fat was multiplied three times in people who drank diet soda over nine years, as compared to those who did not drink diet soda. Meanwhile, another study involved rats drinking water with artificial sweeteners. Results found that the mice became more susceptible to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, two indicators known to cause weight gain.

Above all, the abdominal muscles will appear if one eats clean and lean. This involves lean meat, fruits, and vegetables. According to Bodybuilding, getting a six-back does not involve starvation diets, since metabolism will shut down and causes the body to store fat. Along with regular exercise, proper diet, adequate rest, and right attitude, one will be able to achieve the six-pack abs that he wanted.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)